Theoretical Issues Concerning the Origin and Causes of Fighting

  • J. P. Scott


Occurrence of social fighting in the animal kingdom. Fighting between members of the same species has only been observed in the arthropods and the vertebrates, and not necessarily in all of these animals. For example, it certainly does not occur in butterflies, nor does it occur in the order Amphibia to any great extent. These latter animals are without teeth and claws, and have almost no behavioral means by which they can damage an opponent.


Theoretical Issue Agonistic Behavior External Stimulation Sexual Motivation Ingestive Behavior 
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  • J. P. Scott
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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